The Changing Forms Of ‘Like’

Do you like or love me? That is the question you ask when you are in doubt. Its like that when the word Like shows up anywhere. As a noun Like compares things that are similar – There’s none like him.

In its verb form, Like takes on the form of agreement – Everybody likes Saturday night. It also expresses feeling – I like swimming in summer. It can also be used to distinguish preference – He likes swimming, not kayaking.

When Like takes on the form of an adjective it can mean any of four or five things according to the website – dictionary.com.

  • 1. of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc: I cannot remember a like instance.
    2. corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect, similar; analogous: drawing, painting, and like arts.
    3. bearing resemblance – he looks like his father.
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    In the preposition form, the word – Like can have several other meanings. It could mean similar to, resembling; and can be used to characterise, predisposition.

    As a conjunction, Like could mean similarly and in our days, it is used to distinguish reported speech or a speech style. You probably have heard the expression – ‘as in’, while speaking to someone. He was talking to him, ‘as in, ear to ear.

    In its interjection form, Like works in a similar way in today’s speech, though grammarians may have a little trouble with it. Like, shut up for once girl.

    Like is also used in idiomatic form to express desperation – He wanted to look like his sister.

    So, next time you use the word – Like, ask yourself, what do I really mean. Before you block or delete your friend because they hit the Like button, check if they are not acting in line with today’s usage of the word in social media.